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Lecturer on PA TV speculates that teens may have been kidnapped by "an Israeli mafia"

Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics hosted Ahmad ‎ Rafiq Awad, ‎lecturer in communications at Al-Quds ‎University, and journalist Hafez Al-‎Barghouti. ‎
Communications lecturer Ahmad Rafiq ‎Awad: “All this [the kidnapping of three ‎Israeli youths] may be true. Furthermore, ‎there are settlers who are from the Israeli ‎underworld; there is an Israeli mafia, there ‎is settling of scores, there are conflicts ‎between people. Especially if you ‎consider that some of the settlers in the ‎West Bank are young, between 30 and 40, ‎and are extremists in terms of nationalism ‎and religion, as well as in terms of crime – ‎as the West Bank is called ‘Israel 2,’ the ‎second Israel, Israel that renounced its ‎laws and democracy and shows all its ‎cards in the West Bank. Therefore, there ‎are likely to be assassinations and a large ‎Israeli security plan (i.e., an Israeli plot). ‎But there is also another possibility, which ‎is very likely… that it [the kidnapping] was ‎done by Palestinians.”‎
Journalist Hafez Barghouti: “How can we ‎stand up to the Israeli propaganda ‎machine, while Jewish funds from ‎America, Europe and Latin America ‎control the TV and media channels, and ‎the central information and publication ‎centers? How? First of all, we have to ‎content ourselves with serious, if limited, ‎work abroad. That’s enough, if we don’t ‎have the option [to do more].”‎

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.

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